Antigua Sailing Week is an eagerly anticipated event by yachting enthusiasts all over the Caribbean. It celebrated its 50th anniversary only last year, and its popularity remains consistent, with over 100 yachts competing each year. Antigua Sailing Week became established when captains and crews from charter boats challenged one another to a race from Antigua down to Guadeloupe in the 60s. With extra races and events added over a series of days, Antigua Sailing Week was founded, and helped to extend the tourist season for the island. Based in the scenic Falmouth, and English Harbour, it is a lively and popular regatta for avid sailors, and shore-based enthusiasts alike. There are many yachts that are available for charter, so don’t miss out, charter a yacht and make some fabulous memories.
The week begins with the Peters & May Round Antigua Race, on Saturday 28th April. Re-introduced in 2012, this race is open to all yachts whether they are participating in the Sailing Week, or not. It is a popular conclusion to the Caribbean racing season for those having just taken part in the Classics Regatta, and with results not impacting on the weeks scoring, it is a great warm up for those that are competing in the Antigua Sailing Week.
The race record at present is held by Phaedo 3, a MOD 70 trimaran, who in 2015 completed the race in an astonishing time of 3 hours 26 minutes and 9 seconds.
Phaedo 3, current record holder
The Farr-designed 115-foot Sojana, holds the current monohull record. In 2009, she completed the race in an impressive 4 hours, 37 minutes and 43 seconds. We eagerly anticipate her attempt this year to see whether she will be able to break her own long-standing record, missing by only one second last year!
Monohull record holder, Sojana
Prize giving for the Peters & May Round Antigua Race will take place that evening, alongside the official Antigua Sailing Week Opening Party.
For those who would like to take part in the Peters & May Round Antigua Race there are privately crewed yachts to charter for such events. You can experience the fun and exhilaration of taking part in a fantastic race, with the support and expertise of an experienced crew behind you. Just imagine the stunning scenery as you circumnavigate around the island of Antigua, cutting through the turquoise warm waters, the sails billowing and the sun beating down, it doesn’t get much better than that. Charter a yacht today and live the dream.
By Laura Barber